April 26, 2017
Have you made weekend plans yet? Did you want to do something special with the kids? Take your significant other out on a deserving date? Spend a whole day catering to only yourself?
There are tons of great things to do in Annapolis, and one of them is simply enjoying what the city naturally has to offer. We think you should take advantage of the city’s essence over a meal. Perhaps with good company. And maybe a glass of wine.
Here’s a list of the best outdoor restaurants in Annapolis. Now you can enjoy both the meal and the view!
Pussers Caribbean Grille
Location: 80 Compromise Street
Must try: Their Annapolis Sunset cocktail, coconut fried shrimp or the curried chicken sauté.
Carrol’s Creek Café
Location: 410 Severn Avenue
Must try: Their cumin spiced lamb rack, lobster and black truffle pot pie or the jumbo lump crab cakes.
Boatyard Bar & Grill
Location: Severn Avenue & 4th Street
Must try: Their Maryland crab soup, fish tacos or the Norman’s Cay Conch Fritters.
Sam’s on the Waterfront
Location: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East
Must try: Their lobster mac & cheese, Sam’s seafood pasta or the braised beef short ribs.
*Brio Tuscan Grille
Location: 305 Sail Place
Must try: Their pasta BRIO, prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin or the flourless chocolate torte
*Brio may not have waterfront views exactly, but it’s one of the best restaurants in Annapolis and located within walking distance to our accommodating property. This gives you the opportunity to turn your day out into a full weekend event. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis has got you covered.
Enjoy the meal, enjoy the city, and enjoy your stay with us.
April 17, 2017
Whether you’re a native of Annapolis or you’ve only been living in the city for a short time, you know how important USNA Commissioning Week is, and we’re happy to announce that it’s almost here. The United States Naval Academy will be graduating its 2017 class, and there will be a weeklong celebration of events in honor of the new military members.
From May 19th to the 26th, there will be special ceremonies, presentations and performances, and some events are even open to the public. Not only is Commissioning Week a huge one for the actual graduates, but it’s rooted in tradition and part of Annapolis history and culture overall.
The 2017 graduation ceremony is Friday, May 26th, at 10am and includes a Blue Angels Graduation Fly-Over. The dress code for guests is informal, and tickets are required for entry.
For those of you looking for a hotel for Commissioning Week, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis is the place for you. We’re proud to offer military hotel deals along with amenities like free premium cable and high-speed Internet. We’re also near the Naval Academy, so getting to and from the events won’t be a problem.
You shouldn’t be burdened with the hassle of finding a hotel for your Annapolis stay. Book with us, and focus on how you’re going to celebrate your loved one for this life-changing accomplishment.
Congratulations to the USNA Class of ‘17!
April 3, 2017
It’s now officially springtime, Annapolis, and with spring comes flowers, sunshine and really good barbecue. We know, we know. You’re practically salivating already, but don’t you worry because that’s a good thing! Naptown BARBAYQ will be in the city before you know it, so get ready!
The barbecue festival is sponsored by ABC Events, which is a company dedicated to bringing the best events and festivals to Annapolis.
Guests can expect to obviously dig into quality barbecue, but there will also be live music, games, vendors and even activities designed for the kids. This family-friendly event will also feature a Kansas City Barbecue Society cook-off, so here’s your chance to test those BBQ’ing chops.
Looking for a downtown Annapolis hotel to pair with your BBQ wings? The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis is just a short drive away from the venue, and we work hard to make sure you enjoy every stay with us. More importantly, however, is that we offer spacious suites that come standard with Whirlpool Tubs. This means you can properly clean up the delicious sauce that’s sure to be all over you.
The festival will be Saturday, May 6th, at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale now and kids under 12 get in completely free!
March 27, 2017
It’s that time again, folks! We’re gladly waving goodbye to Old Man Winter, and we’re making way for nice, refreshing Spring. As you’re well aware, Spring brings a lot of joy to our lives, and one of those unequivocal joys is the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show!
This year’s Spring sailboat show will be at City Dock from April 28th to April 30th! That’s an entire weekend’s worth of everything sailboat related, and it’s open for the whole family!
There will be tons of sailboats to view and purchase including family cruisers, catamarans, monohulls and more!
There will also be dozens of vendors on site, so you can accessorize your new boat to fit your specific style! For example, if you’d prefer to only wear your canary yellow shirt when sailing on your new canary yellow boat, that’s perfectly fine!
The show is designed to give sailing enthusiasts everything they need to make their boating dreams a reality. And it’s not just for experienced boaters either! People of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to come out and spend time on the dock. There will be educational opportunities, seminars and even First Sail Workshops where a professional instructor will show you exactly how it’s done.
Tickets are on sale now, and they range from $12 to $19 for entry. Kids 12 years old and younger get in completely free!
If you’re coming into town and need a hotel for the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is the place for you! Our downtown Annapolis hotel is not only comfortable and near City Dock, but it comes standard with free Wi-Fi, free cable and complimentary hot breakfast every morning.
With us, you can fill up on something free, warm and delicious before enjoying sailboats all day long.
Get your tickets and book your room today!
March 13, 2017
We know you love where you live. That’s factual. We also know you love getting out into the city and exploring the best attractions in Annapolis. That’s factual too. What can be a pain, however, is the actual act of getting around. Let’s be honest here. We aren’t teenagers just getting our licenses, and driving places can sometimes be such a chore!
Here at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis, we understand that. And we’ve got your back. Our new hotel promotion comes with an Uber credit, so you can comfortably and finally take the back seat on this one. With us, your Annapolis accommodations not only come with a comfortable stay, but it also comes with access to everything you love in the city for free!
With your reservation comes a $15 Uber gift card, and since we’re close to the best restaurants and entertainment in town, that can easily be used for multiple rides! Whether you want to visit the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis Towne Center or even historic downtown Annapolis, you can do so with us. And the best part? We’ll foot the transportation bill!
As always, you’ll also get free Wi-Fi, premium cable and free hot breakfast every morning.
Book with us and enjoy the ride, Annapolis.
March 6, 2017
So, there’s nothing in this world that you’d rather chow down on than chicken wings, right? It’s your favorite meal and the dish you order at every restaurant. Whether they’re baked, grilled or fried and slathered in sauce, you’re going to choose them over everything else, every single time.
If this sounds like you, you’re in luck because the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival is coming back to Anne Arundel County – all in celebration of your beloved chicken!
On Saturday, April 1st, the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival will take over the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for its fourth year in a row. From 11am all the way to 7pm, you’ll get to relish in everything related to your favorite tasty meal.
You’ll get to enjoy exciting and interesting wings from chefs all over the area, and you’ll get to pair it with refreshing (and local!) beer. This year’s festival will also feature an opportunity to create your very own wing sauce! You can finally take those late night kitchen ideas and make them a reality. If you like a spicier sauce with a kick, there will be ingredients to make that happen. If you like a sauce that reminds you of candy, you can make that happen too! At the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival, you’re your own chef! And of course, if you’d rather leave it to the actual professionals, that’s perfectly fine too! There will also be sauce creations from different vendors and cooks, so you’re sure to find something your taste buds will love.
While you’re living your best life, why not make this a weekend event?! Book with the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis, and make this an overall experience! Our downtown Annapolis hotel is near the best attractions in the city. Our hotel near Chesapeake Bay also offers plush and comfortable bedding, so you can take a well-deserved nap after eating glorious chicken all day long!
The Maryland Chicken Wing Festival is presented by ABC Events, and tickets are on sale now.
Grab your ticket and your room today!
February 17, 2017
If you’re a comedy lover, Rams Head on Stage has just the night out for you! Hollywood heavy-hitter Rob Schneider will be taking center stage this March for not one but two shows (!) all for your enjoyment.
On Saturday, March 18th, at 6pm and 9pm, Schneider will perform for what’s sure to be a knee-slapping, laughter-filled good time.
If you aren’t familiar with Schneider’s work but still want to attend the show, don’t fret. We’ve prepared a quick refresher so you can confidently watch the show knowing the man behind the mic.
Schneider was born and raised in California and was discovered after he appeared on HBO’s 13th Annual Young Comedians special in the late 80s. From there, he was hired to work as a writer on the acclaimed Saturday Night Live and quickly graduated from writer to full on cast member. He moved on from SNL to appear in countless films like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Hot Chick, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (plus Deuce Bigalow:European Gigolo) of which he starred. He’s also partnered with fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler for several films like Grown Ups, 50 First Dates and The Longest Yard.
Schneider’s latest project, Real Rob, follows him and his family on a more personal level as they nagivate everyday life. The series is featured on Netflix.
For those looking to enjoy the show plus more, why not book a room at a great Annapolis hotel and make a weekend of it? The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis has everything you need to make your stay comfortable. We’re also near the best restaurants in Annapolis, so a pre (or post) show dinner can easily be done!
Enjoy the show, people. You deserve it!
February 5, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, Annapolis, and the city is planning something quite special. For an entire week, from March 4th through the 12th, you can celebrate Irish culture ‘til your heart is content.
If you’re not usually in the spirit but want to switch things up in 2017, (resolution, anyone?) here are a few ways you can participate in Annapolis Irish Week.
Irish Week Kick Off Party
Celebrate the start of an exciting week at the Loews Annapolis Hotel where there will be an opening ceremony gala dinner.
Shamrock Bar Crawl
Does a bar crawl that fuses Irish celebration and your favorite drinks sound appealing to you? Then head to downtown Annapolis and let a pipe band guide your way to participating bars.
Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The official parade is set for Sunday, March 5th and will take over the streets of historic Annapolis. This family-fun event will feature floats, music and great food.
Irish Week 2017 will be full of exciting events for Ireland natives and Ireland lovers alike. Even if you just want to take a stab at that good old Irish luck, there will be something for you enjoy too!
For those coming into town to celebrate and in need of a downtown Annapolis hotel, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is the place to be! Our property is not only located near Irish Week venues, but we offer special packages too, making our Annapolis hotel the absolute best place to stay. Our military package, for example, provides a discounted rate for all military members and their family.
Book with us, and get ready to celebrate Annapolis Irish Week the right way!
February 1, 2017
Navy supporters out there, this one’s for you!
The Navy Women’s Basketball team will take on American this March and right at home! On Wednesday, March 1st, at 7pm, prepare to shout from the mountaintop, a.k.a. the stands, for your favorite player and your favorite team.
The game is sure to be full of excitement, but the United States Naval Academy definitely has some restrictions. Make sure you check the game day guide beforehand so you can be in accordance with the rules. We’d hate for you to miss out simply because you got to the front gate and realized you’d left your ID at home.
Also remember that the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is right around the corner and always here for you. Our property is not only near the Naval Academy, but we offer a military hotel package too. For military members and their families, our downtown Annapolis hotel offers a discounted rate to show our appreciation and respect for what you do.
Get your gear, get your tickets, and get yourself over to the USNA to cheer on your girl!
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January 30, 2017
If learning about your city and its values is important to you, then visiting Annapolis’s Maritime Museum is just what you need! Not only does the museum work to educate both the youth and adults about the history of one of the city’s best attractions, but the museum is also overall dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay in every way.
Keep reading for the best reasons to visit this culture-rich museum, and maybe even make it a priority to see it for yourself!
The museum offers walking tours and specialty tours including a World War II-focused tour of Eastport. You can also book a private tour with the curator and director personally for only $8 per person. You can learn about seafood harvesting in the Bay and witness an up-close feeding in their 850-gallon aquarium!
The Maritime Museum is the perfect place for student field trips and educational opportunities across the city. There is a Winter lecture series, interactive exhibits, summer camps and more! The museum also has three core programs, the Little Skipjacks, Chesapeake Champions and the Oyster Education Program, which are completely free for kids.
The Maritime is also one of the best museums in Annapolis because of its prime location. With beautiful views of the Bay itself and the Annapolis Harbor, the museum is not only great for educational purposes, but it’s a sight to behold all on its own.
The museum is also located near our downtown Annapolis hotel and other great attractions in the city. When you stay with us, you can easily fill your mind with knowledge during the day and fill your belly with delicious food afterward because the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is close to the best restaurants near the Chesapeake Bay. Rest assured that booking with us will leave you completely worry-free!
Get out and explore the city you love, starting with the Maritime Museum! Maybe you’ll learn something new!
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